January 12, 2015

Senior ‘B’ Championship Munster Final

On Saturday 10th January our Senior Camogie team travelled to Piltown, Co. Kilkenny to play Greenhills, Carrick-on-Suir in the Senior ‘B’ Munster Final. It was a closely contested game played in cold but dry conditions. At half time our girls were ahead by 3 points on a scoreline of UCT 5 – Carrick-on-Suir 2 having played with the advantage of the wind in the first half. However Carrick were a formidable opposition with most of their players hailing from the Piltown club. They took a slim lead in the second half but never managed to shake us off. It was a nail-biting finish when Lorna O’Dwyer had to take a free that would either result in defeat or ensure that we lived on to fight another day. Lorna held her nerve to put the sliothar between the posts. The replay will take place on Wednesday 21st of January at 11 am in The Ragg with home advantage to us this time round. Well done to Ms. Hogan and her seasoned veterans on the Senior team and to all the teachers and students who traveled in support.

Good luck to the Junior camogie players who play their Junior ‘A’ Munster final on Saturday, 17th of January. They take on Charleville from Cork in Moyne Templetuohy. The throw in is at 2pm. They have had a great season so far so we are keeping our fingers crossed for them.

Gael Linn Debaters

‘Comhghairdeas’ or congratulations to the Senior Gael Linn debaters who last Monday, 12th of January succeeded in qualifying for the next stage of the competition. The team of Captain Dervla Lynch, Sarah Kelly and Gillian Bourke proposed the motion that ‘farmers in Ireland are on the pigs back’ or as it would be phrased in Irish ‘Tá feirmeoirí na tire seo ar mhuin na muice.’ It was a lively and at times comic exchange between our own girls and the teams from Presentation Thurles, Abbeyfeale and Hospital. The debate was hosted by Laurel Hill in Limerick. The UCT students are now through to he third round of the competition and they will start preparing for that soon. Abbeyfeale were also successful on the night so well done to them too. Thanks to Ms. Barry and Mr. O’Doherty for all their work mentoring the girls for the competition.

Public Speaking

The first year individual speakers who excelled in earlier rounds of debating spoke on Tuesday, 6th of January in their final. They spoke on the positive theme of ‘The best things in life are free.’ This topic offered them the scope to hold many areas of life and indeed clichés under a microscope which they did with style and passion. The contestants were Deirdre Fogarty, Kerry Tierney, Jill Murphy, Lotte O’Driscoll, Aislinn Maher, Siobhán Green and Nicole Rafter. Following a most entertaining and impressive competition Aislinn Maher emerged as the winner. Well done to all those who took part and presented their speeches with clarity and enthusiasm. We move on now to public speaking competitions for first and second years, where individual flair and style will decide who comes first over the next few weeks.

Thomas F. Meagher Foundation

The Ursuline Secondary School was thrilled to be selected to attend a ceremony in Waterford in March where they will be presented with a flag by the President Michael D. Higgins. The presentation will take place on the 6th of March and two students and a teacher will represent our school at the event which is being organised by the Thomas F. Meagher foundation and the Mayor of Waterford. The Thomas F. Meagher foundation aim to promote pride in and respect for the Irish flag and it’s true meaning of peace between the various traditions on the island of Ireland.

Trip to Google

Ms. Hynes and Ms. Stakelum brought 42 LCVP students from 5th year to Google’s European headquarters in Dublin on Wednesday, 14th of January. The pupils got a tour of the ‘Foundry’ which is Google’s high tech convention centre for their clients. They saw first hand how Google treat their international customers when they visit Dublin. They were then brought on a guided tour of the Google building. They experienced the unique working environment of this multinational company and saw many ‘googlers’ at work. They learned that some of the perks of a career at Google include a top of the range canteen on every floor with free food for all and a gym and swimming pool with free membership for employees. There are also doctor, dentist and massage facilities on site. Workers also have access to wide open spaces for recreational purposes such as a roof top decking furnished with swings and outdoor seating. There are panoramic views of the city from many of the floors of the ‘Google’ building. The students got great insight into the qualifications needed to secure a job in this growing and prosperous sector of the economy. The girls thoroughly enjoyed this trip and got a taste of what it would be like to work in this vibrant, quirky organisation. Many of them would certainly now consider becoming ‘googlers’ or perhaps pursuing a career in software development or the computer industry.

TY News

All Transition years set off early last Friday morning, 9th of January to Kilternan, Co. Wicklow to visit the ski club of Ireland. On arrival they were booted and suited and were treated to a two hour ski lesson from experienced instructors. While weather conditions were not ideal it did not dampen spirits and there were many thrills and spills during both morning and evening sessions. Many enjoyed the experience so much they now look forward to their first ski holiday in the future with great anticipation.

In the afternoon the TY’s travelled onto the RDS to visit the Young Scientist Exhibition. The atmosphere was electric with thousands of visitors enjoying the 550 projects on display. The day was a great start to TY 2015. Well done to all the TY tutors Ms. Flanagan, Ms. Doherty, Ms. Collins and Ms. Purcell for a fun-filled day out combining thrill seeking with scientific inquiring – maintenance of both the body and the mind.

Hockey Results

The Senior ‘B’s’ had a decisive win this week against Gaelcolaiste. Luimnigh winning 9 – 0.

The Junior ‘B’ 2’s also played Gaelcolaiste Luimnigh beating them 5 – 0.

There were also wins against Ashton from Cork. The Junior ‘A’s’ overcame Ashton in the Cup Semi-Final by 2 goals to nil. The 2nd year ‘A’ team beat Ashton 1 -0.

Badminton

Under 14, under 16 and under 19 badminton teams took part in county championships on Thursday, 15th of January. The competition was hosted by the Loreto Secondary School, Clonmel. The under 19’s were runners up to Scoil Mhuire, Carrrick-on-Suir. So congratulations to our U 19’s for getting to the final. The team included Mette Jenson, Ellen Fitzpatrick, Sarah Fogarty and Chloe Purcell. Also well done to all students who travelled to take part in the county badminton championships.

Tennis

Congratulations to our 2nd year student Katie Morrissey who won the national Under 14 indoor championships.

Concern Debating

The Concern debating team were in action on Thursday night, 15th of January when they travelled to Tipperary town to compete against St. Anne’s. The team included Brídín Ryan, captain, Roisin Russell, Lucy Arkwright and Aisling Brennan. They defeated St. Anne’s on the motion ‘Scotland should have voted for Independence.’ Our girls took the opposing side of the debate drawing on historical, economic and political arguments in support of the democratic decision taken by the Scottish people last September who voted to remain part of the United Kingdom. Well done to all involved in a lively and entertaining debate. Also thanks to Ms. Coman for mentoring the team.

Written By Nora Tuohy